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. >> that is a pretty shot. thank you, lisa. also cutting edge science turns to toys. we will explain why researchers would build >> welcome back, everyone. it's 6:46 on this sunday, january 20ing. thank you for getting up and watching the abc7 sunday morning news. for your viewing pleasure, a shot from our east bay cam showing you emeryville looking across the bay to san francisco. a nice day on tap as we've had for the last several days. lisa argen says a change is on the way. she will be here to explain in just a few. >>> the cutting edge of science also involves ideas so complicated it's hard to wrap your mind around them. but one innovative program in the bay area is trying to make scientific research more efficient by making parts of it simpler. abc7 news health and science reporter carolyn johnson has the details. >> when most people see a stack of legos, you see this, and this guy sees building blocks of science. his campus used piles of them to construct their very own working lego microscope. >> the microscope essentially is made out of two lenses. the first one is here. >> they did need to
comfortable. abc7 news health and science reporter carolyn johnson has the details. >> ellen sue is all smiles when she plays with her newborn son. a smile that's actually improving thanks to evolving technology. >> today we will scan your feet. -- your teeth. >> she's been fitted for the popular invisaline braces. >> it's a departure from the traditional molds used by most orthodontists. >> now we can have digital models without taking the goopy impressions. >> first he reaches for the scanner that will photograph ellen's teeth. it's connected to a computer system that will ultimately beam the images from her practice in san francisco to the itera lab. over the next several minutes the doctor guides the camera around ellen's upper and lower jaw line. the device is completely optical. no radiation. >> see if we can get these areas here. >> step by step the camera builds a three-dimensional map of her teeth. the computer alerts the dentist if the section doesn't have a complete image so it can be rephotographed. >> it's very precise and very accurate. >> she said the process is typically quicke
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